A beautiful day and school-vacation week equaled a wicked long line for the opening of Sullivan's at Castle Island today. Traffic was backed up way past the Farragut statue.
SteveBikes spotted something unusual this morning: A still Pleasure Bay:
Between the wind and the tides, it's fairly rare for Pleasure Bay to be still enough to be reflective.
The Coast Guard teamed up with Boston fire and police marine units to rescue five kayakers who found themselves in some sort of trouble in Dorchester Bay off Castle Island shortly after 3 p.m. today; initial reports said one might have wound up in the water. John Duffill reports the marine units got all five out OK.
Caught in Southie reports DCR has denied a permit for the proposed Fright Night at Castle Island.
The Globe reports on the war of words over a promoter's plan to convert the Castle Island fort into a horror show for Halloween:
Fright Island’s critics worry the family-friendly South Boston they cherish is under siege as younger professionals flock to the neighborhood, and handing Castle Island over to blood-covered zombies and beer-buzzed millennials would just accelerate that trend.
Nick Cosky watched the strawberry moon over Spectacle Island and Pleasure Bay this evening.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Sullivan's will continue to serve only visitors to Castle Island; it no longer has plans for an outlet in Hingham.
Die-hard Sullivan's fans were out in force this morning for the re-opening of the Castle Island institution. Eileen Murphy captured Matt Noonan and Charlotte Donovan of Quincy enjoying their first outdoor hot meal this year at Castle island.
For the fifth straight year, John Connors was first in line.
John Gage actually photographed three seals off Castle Island, including this guy.
Rather big police presence at Castle Island around 10 a.m. - including a State Police helicopter - looking for whoever thought it was a good idea to use the peninsula right across the harbor from Logan to fly some drones. It's what the FAA likes to think of as "restricted airspace."
Around 1:45 p.m. at Castle Island.
The view across Pleasure Bay towards the Kennedy Library was equally dramatic: Read more.
Castle Island regular Eileen Murphy ran across some people filming "World's Smallest House" with a tiny unit they probably just brought in for the filming, rather than something they're actually going to try to rent out, although one would probably have to check with the BRA to be sure.
Eileen Murphy couldn't help but notice how a container ship at the Conley Terminal towered over everything else - like the trees at Castle Island - today.
Eileen Murphy captured the sunset behind the old South Boston power plant from Castle Island tonight.
State Police report that, after consultation with the Navy, their bomb squad blew it up, shortly before noon.
The thing could date back to the Civil War, but State Police say they didn't want to take any chances:
Some cannonballs are filled with powder. If so, still could be an explosive capability.
Bomb-squad members buried the cannonball under a sand berm before detonating it (Photo by State Police):
We weren't the only ones to head to Castle Island this afternoon - including this guy peering hopefully into the closed Sullivan's, which, believe it or not, is scheduled to open this coming Saturday.
This guy seemed to like the conditions just fine:
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